COVID-19 Legislative Scrutiny

On 9 April 2020 the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights resolved to meet regularly by teleconference to continue its important work of scrutinising all federal legislation for human rights compatibility, including legislation relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The committee recognises that the federal bills and instruments being made in response to this COVID-19 pandemic may have significant human rights implications. Further detail about the committee’s approach to the scrutiny of COVID-19 related legislation is set out in its media statement of 15 April 2020.

The committee has tabled the following reports which scrutinise COVID-19 related legislation:

The committee would value written input from interested persons in relation to any human rights issues raised by this legislation (by email to However, the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011 does not empower this committee to consider matters of policy or implementation of laws, nor to scrutinise state or territory legislation. The committee may consider publishing relevant correspondence on its website. If you would like the committee to consider publishing your correspondence, please indicate this in your correspondence.

In order to facilitate the committee’s work in relation to the scrutiny of federal COVID-19 related legislation, a list of all such legislation introduced or registered since 21 January 2020 is set out below, in chronological order:

The committee has resolved to publish the following pieces of correspondence it has received which are particularly relevant to its work in examining COVID-19 related legislation:

  • Amnesty International Australia (PDF 100KB)
  • Mr Richard Bradley (PDF 108KB)
  • Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law (PDF 557KB
  • UNSW Australian Human Rights Institute (PDF 294KB)
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Regional Representation (PDF 121KB)
  • Electronic Frontiers Australia (PDF 232KB)